Tuesday, May 1,

7 PM, Sam Lerner Center at Shalom Park

Tickets will be sold at the JCC front desk for $10 ahead of time in early April, and $15 at the door on the evening of the event.

Please come support the Shalom Park Freedom School (SPFS) by coming to a screening of Teach Us All, a documentary that is insightful and thought-provoking. Each year there is a movie night which serves as the largest fundraiser to support the SPFS.

SPFS Fundraiser Co-chairs Christy Horwitz and Amy Andrews were able to choose a film that they are very excited to share with the community. Andrews describes the documentary in the following words:

Released in 2017, Teach Us All takes a critical look at educational inequality that is as much a pressing civil rights issue today as it was sixty years ago when the “Little Rock Nine” courageously moved to integrate an all-white southern high school. Told through moving case studies in Little Rock, New York City, and Los Angeles, the film calls on each of us to think about how much – or how little – has changed in our educational system and sets the stage for the vital conversation about where we go from here.

The SPFS will be opening its doors for the 8th summer to serve 80 students from Huntingtowne Farms and Sterling Elementary schools that are from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The goals of the SPFS are to provide a six-week program to facilitate literacy and character-building for these scholars. Preliminary research suggests these efforts are making a difference for participants in the Freedom School. Without summer programs like the SPFS, 75% of students from low income homes are estimated to lose two to three months of learning over the summer. In contrast, 90% of scholars gained or maintained their reading ability.

For more information about the SPFS please visit http://spfreedomschool.org and please “like” or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/shalomparkfreedomschool/ as updates will be provided frequently including pictures of our volunteers and scholars.

Other ways to support the SPFS include….

New swim suits and towels will be collected at the LJCC April 2–May 4. Our scholars will wear these during their swim lessons twice a week. Sizes will be posted outside the LJCC Childcare room along with a sign-up sheet. New swimsuits and towels can be turned into the LJCC Customer Service Desk.

Six Weeks, Six Books.

Donations of new and gently used children’s chapter books would be greatly appreciated. Each scholar will get to take home a book a week to encourage a love of reading. Books may be dropped off at the Levine-Sklut Judaic Library May 1–31. Scholars are always looking for the following titles/topics:

Wimpy Kid series — most requested

Big Nate series

Junie B. Jones series

Magic Tree House series

My Weird School series

Harry Potter

Dr. Seuss

Superheroes

Animals

Space

(No board books, please!)

Snacks

SPFS scholars receive one drink and an individually wrapped snack or fruit each day. Donations of drink boxes and individually wrapped snacks (nut free) would be appreciated. Cash or gift card donations from the following would also be appreciated: Harris Teeter, Costco, Food Lion, Publix, Trader Joe’s, etc. For drop off information, contact Judy Kaufmann, SPFS snack chair, 704-847-1022 or steveka@att.net.

SPFS will run from June 18 to July 27, our 8th summer to host this amazing program. It takes a village to make it a success each year. Please consider volunteering anywhere from one hour to 100 hours (or more). Contact Kathy Warshaw. kewarshaw@yahoo.com or Hilary Rosenbaum, dhrose4@gmail.com with any questions.

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